The Activision Blizzard King Workers Alliance has been on strike this week following the termination of more than a dozen QA testers at Raven Software. Last Friday, 20 individuals were told they would no longer be required once their contracts were up and were informed that their time with the company would not be extended.
Since then, dozens of employees have joined the walk-off and work stoppage. Today, employees at Activision Blizzard have called for support and are asking for donations to create a strike fund for those affected by the layoffs.
“Today, the ABK Worker’s Alliance announces the initiation of its strike,” ABK Workers wrote on Twitter. “We encourage our peers in the Game Industry to stand with us in creating lasting change.” The ABK Worker Alliance created a strike fund set up on GoFundMe for those who can donate to the cause.
Heading over to the GoFundMe, the description for the campaign says:
In the months since, we’ve seen CEO Bobby Kotick and the Board of Directors protect abusers and only hold perpetrators accountable after the events were brought to light by outside media. We’ve seen Activision hire law firm WilmerHale, known for union busting, to disrupt and impede the improvement efforts of Activision-Blizzard workers. We’ve seen Raven Software workers lured by the promise of promotion, only to be terminated shortly after relocation on top of the already underappreciated and severely underpaid working conditions of ABK workers across the company. These, and many other events have caused an alliance of Activision-Blizzard employees to initiate a work stoppage until demands are met and worker representation is finally given a place within the company.
Activision Blizzard employees are taking one more step towards unionization today, calling for workers across the company to sign union authorization cards in support of a union. They launched a GoFundMe page, with a goal of $1 million, to create funds for striking. Story to come
Earlier today, The Washington Post’s Shannon Liao revealed Activision Blizzard employees were taking “one more step towards unionization,” asking employees to sign authorization cards to support a union.
Activision Blizzard said they were converting 500 contractors from across the company to full-time employees but failed to include the ones from Raven Software, the lead studio on Call of Duty: Warzone. Losing these testers would affect production and upkeep on Warzone, Raven said.
The pressure continues to mount against Activision Blizzard and it shows that people are no longer willing to turn a blind eye. With severallawsuits, a corrupt CEO, and strikes happening around the company, the time for change is now.